Klay Thompson out vs 76ers; Warriors star likely to have MRI on knee


Klay Thompson out vs 76ers; Warriors star likely to have MRI on knee

The Warriors already have lost two consecutive games, and now they received some bad news Saturday morning. 

Klay Thompson (right knee) and Kevon Looney (right pelvis) have been ruled out for their matchup against the 76ers. And the news possibly is serious for the Warriors' All-Star shooting guard.

"He hurt it during the game [Thursday in Orlando], he banged his knee on the floor, and it didn't really hurt him until yesterday morning," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters. "It's inflamed enough where it doesn't make sense to play him tonight. Our docs will check him out tomorrow when we get back."

Kerr then was asked if Thompson will need to receive an MRI, and the coach said: "Probably. But we'll see."

Thompson scored 21 points in the Warriors' 103-96 loss to the Magic on Thursday night. He's averaging 22 points per game on the season. 

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Alfonzo McKinnie will start in Thompson's place, Kerr announced to reporters. 

Why Steve Kerr, 2017 Warriors knew they were going to win championship

Why Steve Kerr, 2017 Warriors knew they were going to win championship

The 2016-17 Golden State Warriors arguably are the greatest team in NBA history.

They nearly swept through the entire postseason, before dropping Game 4 of the NBA Finals on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Winning the championship, of course, was not a surprise to anybody -- especially the Warriors themselves.

“I think the first championship just kind of came out of nowhere. Deep down, I think we weren’t really sure in 2015 that we could win it," coach Steve Kerr recently said to Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group. "We were trying to convince ourselves that we could, but we didn’t really know.

"And whereas in ’17 we knew we were the best team in the world, and we knew we were going to win the championship. We had the champion’s confidence for winning in ’15 and then we had Kevin Durant. So it’s like a totally different level of belief.”

Yeah, that KD guy was pretty, pretty, pretty good (Larry David voice).

He averaged 35.2 points, 8.2 rebounds, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.0 steals, while shooting nearly 56 percent from the field and better than 47 percent from deep.

It's insane to think about the fact that about three-and-a-half months prior to hoisting the NBA Finals MVP trophy, Durant was told that his season was over after injuring his knee against the Washington Wizards on Feb. 28.

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"The first diagnosis we got was that I broke my leg -- fractured my tibia," he said on The Bill Simmons Podcast in late March 2017. "And that's a four or five month recovery ... I just bust out crying ... this is my first year with the team, we're playing very well at the time. I was playing well individually. It was definitely a good time for our team.

"I wrapped my mind around this long recovery and what it's gonna take for me to get back. And then we got a call like, 'We checked the scans again ...' and they told me it was just a bruise there and I sprained my MCL.

"And that reaction in the car was like second to none. That emotional roller coaster was something out of a movie."

That's some wild stuff.

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Kerith Burke misses one thing about sports during coronavirus stoppage

Kerith Burke misses one thing about sports during coronavirus stoppage

Editor's note: Like you, NBC Sports Bay Area insiders, reporters and analysts are feeling the sports void during the coronavirus stoppage. They'll share their thoughts every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in "What I Miss About Sports." First up in the series: Warriors reporter Kerith Burke.

A career in sports took me away from home. Games brought me to cities I had never seen before -- Miami, Chicago, Houston, Phoenix. When I worked in New York, the time-zone difference meant I was three hours ahead of my family out West in Washington.

My dad could watch the network I worked for, thanks to an awesome TV sports package at his gym. When I sat down to anchor a show at 10:30 p.m. ET, he’d hop on an elliptical machine at 7:30 p.m. PT to watch. We had a routine.

After work, I knew I’d have a text from my dad. “Nice show tonight.” Or, “Good energy.”

Sometimes, “A few stumbles.” Or, “Not your best show.” Oh yeah, he kept it real.

I knew my dad was watching, at a job where it helps to pretend no one is watching to keep down the nerves. It was an audience of one, and he was proud of me. It became reflexive to check my phone to see his messages.

That’s what I miss about sports. The togetherness across the miles. The connectivity. We debated whether Carmelo Anthony should leave the Knicks, and if Mets pitcher Matt Harvey really had the stuff or simply had a moment in time.

When I moved to the Bay Area, my parents ordered NBA League Pass to watch Warriors games. My mom got in on the texting.

“What are you wearing and where are you sitting?” Spotting me on TV was my family’s "Where’s Waldo."

The NBA’s hiatus feels like a broken link to my favorite people. That feeling carries beyond my family, too.

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So much of my career has revolved around a sports schedule: Working nights, weekends and holidays. Career becomes purpose becomes identity. Devote so much time to something, and it defines you. I’m fortunate to love my job, so I embrace the definition. I am a sports reporter.

At the moment ... I am adrift.